The proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline - is expected to be more than 160 miles long, cutting through 700 bodies of water, across 11 Louisiana parishes. The major issues being raised regarding this project are:
1. Damage to wetlands.
2. Wildlife and residents at risk of oil-contaminated water.
3. The construction of new pipelines strengthens the fossil fuel industry, instead of moving towards a more environmentally sustainable future.
Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline Is One Permit Closer To Reality As Groups Plan Continued Resistance
DESMOG, Apr 3, 2017
On March 30, heavy rain didn’t stop dozens of people in New Orleans from marching to the offices of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where they delivered a letter to the agency opposing the Bayou Bridge pipeline.
Yet the group’s actions didn’t stop the DNR from granting the project’s operator, Energy Transfer Partners, the coastal use permit it needed a few days later, on April 3.
The proposed pipeline project is a joint venture with Phillips 66 and Sunoco Logistics. If built, the Bayou Bridge pipeline will be the last leg of Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access pipeline, carrying oil fracked in North Dakota all the way to Louisiana.
However, the company still needs to obtain a water quality certificate from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Protection, and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before the project can move forward.
Controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline project wins DNR approval; other permits still required
TheAdvocate.com, Apr 5, 2017
"We don't understand how DNR can't consider — isn't considering — the safety of the drinking water for 300,000 people in Louisiana," he said.
"We're wondering how the DNR can approve a permit without considering the St. James community," Eustis said. "... We don't understand how their need for public safety was not considered."
Though Bayou Bridge has DNR's blessing, it still needs the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to sign off on the design before construction can start. DEQ is still going through hours of testimony and some 20,000 public comments submitted since a public hearing in January, said spokesman Greg Langley. Upon review, the department will determine whether to award a water quality certificate.
With Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Louisiana again weighs oil, environment
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Feb 10 2017
Since oil was discovered in Louisiana in 1902, there's been a steady tension between those who make their livelihood fishing, trapping and hunting the creatures living in the basin, and those who make money by extricating the crude oil and gas created millions of years ago from the fossilized remains of marine organisms that once lived here. The problem, in a nutshell, is there's no feasible way to get this fuel out of the ground and transported to a location where it can be refined or processed without some damage to the natural landscape.